José Luis Abalo | Luchadores
Posted on Mai 17, 2012 by Julia Schiller
“A world of revenge, honor and glory. Enter the vision of José Luis Abalo. A native of Venezuela, he devoted his photographic efforts to the documentation of Lucha Libre – Mexican and South American wrestling. His photography manages to be humorous, dark, and startling in the same moment.
His photo-book, Luchadores, will be a ticket to the front row of a wrestling match that will surprise you in its ferocity.”
By pre-ordering the “Luchadores“ photo book, you can support the publishing process of José Luis Abalo.
José Luis Abalo was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1959. Both of his parents are from Spain and as a youth he traveled to the country often. As a result of these trips he developed a strong connection with Spanish customs and culture, a bond that would later reveal itself in his photography. Abalo completed an undergraduate degree at Bolivar and Garibaldi College in Venezuela and then began a graduate engineering program. It was at this juncture in Abalo’s life that he was introduced to photography and quickly realized it was his passion.
Abalo dropped out of the engineering program and enrolled at the Design Institute in Caracas where he studied under the famed photographer, Jose Sigala.
His experience with Sigala and the rest of the professors at the institute emboldened a passion Abalo would pursue the rest of his life.
Having worked extensively in America, Sigala identified parallels between Abalo’s work and American photographers like Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and Robert Frank. In these early days of Abalo’s photography, Sigala was a mentor to him. Abalo attributes the time spent with Sigala as a vital part of his progression as an artist.
Before moving to Spain in 1986, Abalo participated in two exhibitions in Caracas. The first was called “More Than One Hundred,” and the second was named, “A Week in Caracas.” Both were well received.
In Spain he began displaying his work both individually and collectively in the cities of Vigo, La Corunna, Barcelona, and Madrid. He also worked for five years as a photojournalist for the newspaper, La Voz de Galicia.
More recently, Abalo has devoted himself to exposing some of his earlier work in a book called Our Earth.
In 2006, he presented photographs taken of the Prestige oil tanker disaster and the volunteers dedicated to its clean up in Buenos Aires. In 2009 he released his last book called, Vigo-Cangas Cangas-Vigo. The photographs focus on passenger vessels on the Vigo River in Galicia, Spain. GHOST PRESS, a social publishing company, will release his next book in the fall of 2012. The photo book is an artistic exploration of South American professional wrestling entitled, Luchadores. Abalo lives in Spain.
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